Good conditions herald a high-quality English lamb crop

Favourable weather conditions through the winter and spring lambing season have contributed to an expected good season for UK domestically-produced lamb, EBLEX has said.

Nick Allen, EBLEX sector director, said that after the terrible losses and exceptionally bad weather experienced through winter 2012 and spring 2013 made life very difficult for sheep and beef farmers alike, the fortunes for summer 2014 are in dramatic contrast.

And forecasts suggest that we will soon start to see high quality lambs coming forward to supply quality product to the market while offering good value for money for consumers.

‘’All the indications are that this has been a good lambing season for sheep farmers in terms of healthy lambs born,” said Nick.

He added that current difficulties being experienced in the short term in the beef market were unlikely to directly translate to sheep trade because of the different market dynamics. The important thing was for producers to market their lambs at the right time – when they hit the spec processors are looking for.

“We are a major player in the international trade of sheep meat and there remains strong demand for our product at a time when other sheep meat exporters are not at the peak of their production.

This gives us plenty of opportunities to sell our sheep meat,” added Nick.

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